Feeling Bamboozled by BIM? Help is at Hand!

Feeling Bamboozled by BIM? Help is at Hand!

Written by: Mike Shilton

Do you know your BIP from your BEP? Your IFC from your GSL?

Even if you don’t, it’s likely that members of your company’s ‘BIM planning group’, and your ‘BIM champion’ (if you have one) will. With the government’s BIM deadline of Summer 2016 fast approaching, businesses that don’t want to be frozen out of centrally funded projects, have been working to adapt their working practices and achieve BIM level 2 compliance. Worryingly, research has suggested that as few as one in six businesses in the building services sector are ‘fully ready’ to use BIM on projects.

Put simply, from mid 2016, contractors of all shapes and sizes will be required to be better at sharing information during the project modelling and operations (maintenance) stage and ironing out the glitches in the virtual world before they start working on site, where mistakes can be costly and cause delays. In recent months, as the deadline draws closer, companies that are involved or would like to be involved in public sector projects have been encouraged to look at how they can share information in a timely manner and in a format that can be easily used to help with the decision making process.

However, it is not uncommon to feel ‘Bamboozled by BIM’ given the sheer volume of new technical terms that are being used in connection with BIM. The world of BIM is one littered with confusing terminology and unfamiliar acronyms. To help firms navigate the maze of jargon, we put together a free jargon buster and created a ‘ten steps to BIM’ guide both accessible from the buttons below.

The good news for many businesses is that they are already working at BIM Level one and that a few changes in working practices could get them to Level 2 compliance without significant expenditure. For example, anyone already using our software is working to at least BIM Level 1 but our software enables them to prepare Level 2 data, so it is just a matter of ensuring they have the right collaboration and information sharing processes in place.